12 to 25 August 2023

14 Days / 13 Nights

From $ 4,995 AUD per person
Group Size - 18 pax average

Start: Marmaris, Turkey
Finish: Kas, Turkey

Turquoise & Lycian Coast is one of Turkey's most stunning regions stretching along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, and is known for its clear blue waters, rugged coastline, and charming villages.

As we set sail from Marmaris, we will be greeted by the stunning scenery of the coast almost immediately. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and diving, and the rugged coastline is dotted with secluded coves and hidden beaches.
The area is also home to many ancient ruins, including the ancient cities and the Lycian rock tombs, which offer a glimpse into the region's rich history.

Whilst this coastline is just a stone's throw from the Greek Islands, it offers such a different experience to Greece with so many unique experiences.

Visit the ancient city of Kaunos where Lycian tombs tower above the waters of the Dalyan River.
Venture into Saklikent Gorge and explore Turkey's longest and deepest canyon.
Shop for an eclectic range of locally made products in the towns and villages along our route.
Splash out on that Turkish rug you have always coveted!
Visit the Greek island of Kastellorizo and sip Ouzo as you gaze across at mainland Turkey.
Dine in family owned restaurants and simple tavernas in remote bays.
Swim in warm clear waters from the yacht whenever the fancy takes you.

Towards the end of our sailing journey, we will board a local boat to the island of Kastellorizo, which is located just a few miles off the coast of Turkey. The island is a small, peaceful haven, with its turquoise waters and colourful houses. The island is also known for its rich history, with many ancient ruins and buildings dating back to the Byzantine era. The island is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, with plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and exploring.

Your sailing trip will end in the picturesque town of Kas, which is known for its ancient ruins, and vibrant nightlife. The town is surrounded by rugged mountains and is home to a beautiful harbour. Kas is also home to many ancient ruins, including the Lycian rock tombs and an ancient theatre, which offer a glimpse into the town's rich history and a perfect spot to finish our sailing adventure.

This trip is famously known as the Blue Cruise for a reason!


Pricing options

There are several ways for you to experience this amazing sailing trip!

1. Travelling by yourself or with a friend/partner? Book a cabin!

From AU$4,995 per person - double share
From AU$6,995 per person - single share
Price includes private cabin and a professional skipper onboard

2. Travelling with your friends or family in a group? Book a yacht!
From $4,895 based on 6 people sharing 53ft yacht

Please contact us for more pricing options if you have a smaller group or would like a larger yacht


Why Mariner Boating Holidays?

Small group comfort
You’ll sail in comfort as part of a small group of yachts, sometimes called a Flotilla or Yacht Rally. The maximum group size is 24 people but usually you'll be sailing with 16-20 people across 3 or 4 yachts.

More time to explore
Our tours give you more time to immerse yourself and really get a feel for the destination. Our trips also include more leisure days where you can choose how to spend your day!

Flexible joining options
Our trips are designed so that everyone can sail with us - single travellers, couples or larger groups/families! For 1 or 2 people we offer the option of booking a cabin (max 8 guests plus a professional skipper on the yacht), whilst groups and families can book the whole yacht for themselves.

30+ years of experience
We've been doing this awhile and tend to know a secret spot or two. We know you want to visit the main sights (and why wouldn't you!), but we also love to share our favourite spots you might not find otherwise.

Your guides
A Mariner Boating guide and a local technician will travel with you to assist with the yachts, berthing, provide navigational support and have intimate local knowledge of things to see and do along the way.

Your travelling companions
Every group is different, but typically you’ll find your co-travellers will be aged between 40 and 65, enjoy keeping active, love the ocean, have a sense of adventure, love fine foods, an occasional glass of wine, and a good chat.

Is this trip right for me?

Do I need to know how to sail?
Absolutely not - the only "qualification" for joining our sailing tours is a desire to see yourself on the deck of a sailboat in one of the great travelling destinations of the world

That being said, if you wish to book a whole yacht you will need to either have International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or organise a professional skipper.

Will I have my own bathroom?

While vessel layouts will vary depending on which yacht you choose, most yachts generally have cabins with a private bathroom attached or just outside.

If you book a cabin we will always guarantee a private bathroom, but if travelling as a group on your own yacht you may need to share.

What's life on board like?
Our yachts are modern and comfortable with areas to relax both below and on deck. Most yachts have 4 double cabins and are usually less than 5 years old. Below deck you will find the kitchen (galley) where you can prepare meals with the option to dine at the adjacent table or on deck in the open air.

So throw down a cushion, curl up and read a book, or make use of the easy access to the water for a swim.

Will I get seasick?
Sea legs come naturally to some but unfortunately not so much for others. Your Mariner Boating guide will be able to suggest some options to help you with the effects of sea sickness if needed. The majority of this trip is on a yacht though so you will need to feel comfortable moving about the vessel, including using the stairs to get to cabins etc. below deck.

Sailing Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Arrive in Marmaris and spend your first night on board your yacht in the marina. Join us for welcome drinks, walk along the quay for dinner and settle into your yacht

Day 2 - Sunday
Sail to Ekincik and enjoy a swim stop and dinner with the group. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 3 - Monday
Spend the morning visiting Dalyan River. Relax in the afternoon, swim off the quay, walk around to the town or up into the forest.

Day 4 - Tuesday
Sail to Sarsala and enjoy dinner ashore. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 5 - Wednesday
Spend the day at Sarsala or a bay close by or cruise to Gocek where you can spend the afternoon exploring town.

Day 6 - Thursday
Sail together to Karacaoren. We will anchor in the bay where you can spend the afternoon swimming or walk to the local ruins. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 7 - Friday
Explore Kaya Koy before sailing to Kalkan in the afternoon.

Day 8 - Saturday
Leisure day - we recommend visiting Sakklikent or Xanthos today.

Day 9 - Sunday
Sail together to Kas and anchor in the bay. Take a water taxi to town for dinner or to explore the town.

Day 10 - Monday
Day ferry to Kastellorizo, take a local boat to the Blue Grotto, walk up to the castle or relax along the quay.

Day 11 - Tuesday
Social sail to Ucagiz (Kekova). Dinner is included tonight.

Day 12 - Wednesday
Leisure Day in Kekova. Take a local boat over the sunken city, walk to the castle, relax in the town.

Day 13 - Thursday
Social sail to Kas Marina with a swim stop along the way. Final farewell dinner is included.

Day 14 - Friday
Disembark your yacht early and continue onward with your adventures of Turkey or beyond.

A complimentary transfer to Dalaman Airport will be available, we recommend booking flights for after midday.

Optional Overland Tour

Pre Sailing Options

We are offering all guests on this trip the opportunity to join an overland tour before joining the sailing in Marmaris.

The Turkey Trot tour will start with a 3 night stay in Istanbul before travelling overland to visit Cannakale (Gallipoli), Kusadasi (Ephesus) and Bodrum (the crusader castle) on the way south to Marmaris.

Itinerary and pricing for pre and post tour arrangements will be finalised soon.

What's included?

• 13 nights overnight accommodation on yacht

• Welcome drinks at embarkation
• 5 dinners ashore during sailing itinerary
• Professional skipper onboard if booking a cabin
• 24/7 support from experienced hosts
• 24/7 professional technical assistance for the yacht

• Departure transfer from Kas to Dalaman Airport

Also included:
• Berthing/marina fees throughout itinerary
• Bed linen and bath towels for two weeks
• Standard navigation equipment
• End of charter cleaning
•  Daily weather updates, regular newsletters with activity suggestions and local information

Additional costs

• Optional Overland Tour Istanbul to Marmaris via Galipoli, Kusadasi and Bodrum
• All flights
• Pre & Post Accommodation or land arrangements e.g. transfers
• If you require a skipper the total cost is AU$220 per day + food + cabin
• Personal travel insurance
• Refundable security deposit for yacht - 3000 euro to be held on credit card (not applicable for cabin bookings)
• On board provisioning or meals ashore for meals not included
• Fuel for the yacht and outboard motor (Estimate AU$300 total)
• Drinks during dinners or tours ashore are not included unless specified

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is strongly recommended by Mariner Boating Holidays. Travellers should ensure they have a valid policy at time of booking. Your travel insurance policy must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses (including covid cover) and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the heads of cover. MBH also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Please Note

• A deposit of AU$1,500 per person is required to confirm a booking
• The designated skipper on board your yacht must possess suitable experience and qualifications
• Prices are subject to currency fluctuation until paid in full
• Credit card transactions are subject to merchant fees
• Single supplement may apply for private cabins
• The prices are correct at the time of issue but subject to change without notice

Enquire now to book your spot or to learn more about exploring
Turkey in 2023